Anthony Gulig, chair
Laurentide Hall 5223
About the Programs
The rigorous training provided by the History Department in writing, research and analytical thinking prepares students for the work and life challenges of the 21st century.
The department offers three, 36-credit degree programs in history, public history or secondary education, as well as a variety of minor programs. The public history program is the only one of its kind in Wisconsin. UW-Whitewater also produces more social studies teachers each year than any other UW System school.
History Department faculty members have a broad range of historical interests and specializations. They are widely published and recognized and have earned prestigious grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Education.
Students have plenty of opportunities to apply theory to practice. One popular choice is a travel study course to Canada. Public history majors complete at least three internship credits in a museum, an archive or a local, state or federal historical agency. Students have interned at the Wisconsin Historical Society and the National Archives and Records Administration in College Park, Md. All history majors are required to complete an independent research project based on primary source research.
The Undergraduate Research Program and the Phi Alpha Theta history honor society also provide students with valuable personal and professional development experience.
Graduates of the program pursue a variety of careers. More than half of graduates become social studies teachers. Public history majors pursue graduate training for careers in museums and archives. Other career paths include business, criminal justice, journalism and government service.